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January 23, 2019 by Dr. Kyle Varner in Intermittent Fasting , Ketogenic Diet , Obesity

For decades, people have been obsessed with counting calories. In fact, they were so focused on counting those calories, that they forgot to think about where they were coming from and when they consumed them.

So many programs, even today, treat weight loss like a simple math equation.

You add up how many calories you eat during the day, you subtract how many you burn, and voilá you’ll know exactly how many pounds you should lose.

I don’t know if you ever subscribed to that method. But I can tell you from personal experience and from numerous medical studies… our bodies don’t work that way.

By now, I hope you have a good understanding of why where you get your calories from is important. But now, I want to talk about the fact that when you eat is just as important.

Why snacking prevents you from losing weight

Every time you eat, your body produces the hormone insulin to trigger your body to take excess glucose (blood sugar) and convert it into glycogen. This it then stores in your muscles as reserve energy.

Insulin is like the “on switch” for your body to become a carb-burning machine.

After all of the glucose that you’ve consumed has been processed, your body turns off the insulin switch and that’s when your body can start using its glycogen stores for energy.

But what happens, if you eat again before your body has had a chance to process all of that glucose?

Then your insulin switch stays on and your body just keeps taking glucose and storing it as glycogen in your muscles. And once all the glycogen stores are filled, then your body starts converting the excess into fat.

It’s just like Lucille Ball in the candy factory. When the food just keeps coming and coming, it can’t get processed fast enough… so your body starts storing it anywhere and everywhere it can!

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In a standard American diet that pushes snacking every few hours, many never let their insulin switches turn off. And when you’re constantly producing insulin, you end up 1) reducing your insulin sensitivity, 2) increasing your likelihood of diabetes and 3) encouraging your body to store fat, not burn it.

That’s why diets based on ‘grazing’, eating 5-6 meals a day, and “healthy” snacking (which might all fit within your calorie count) just don’t work. In fact, they actually encourage your body to build up more fat even if you’re eating fewer calories!

Instead, if you really want to see results, it’s time to stop counting your calories and to start giving your body more time to turn off between meals.

This practice is frequently referred to as ‘Intermittent Fasting’. Read on to learn what that is and how to use it to achieve your weight loss goals.

Getting started with intermittent fasting

As it should be clear from the above. In order to restore your natural hormone balance and to get your body to start burning fat rather than just storing it, it’s absolutely essential to give your body a chance to rest.

Put simply, this means extended periods of time where you DON’T eat.

Only when you allow your insulin switch to turn off, can your body start using up your glycogen stores. And only once all of the glycogen is used up, can your body start turning to burn your fat stores.

So no matter how little you eat, if you eat many times throughout the day, you’re triggering insulin and blocking your body’s ability to burn fat. It’s that simple.

The only way to allow your body to switch off is through fasting.

Now before you panic, this doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself. In fact, fasting can be as simple as just skipping breakfast.

There are many different approaches to intermittent fasting, but the most easiest version to start with is the 16:8 fast.

This simply means fasting for 16 hours of the day and limiting when you eat food to an 8 hour window. For example, you would just have to skip breakfast and limit your meals to between noon and 8pm.

It’ll be difficult at first, but soon you’ll find that as your body adjusts to the keto diet you’ll feel less and less hungry between meals, making it easier to hold out.

Even better, you’ll soon find yourself more focused, alert, and energetic. I’m not going to lie, it feels amazing.

Ready to feel the difference? Start your first fast today.

This information is intended to help readers be more informed about their health options when speaking with a professional, but it should not be used alone to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease or condition. Be sure to speak to a qualified doctor before taking any action to make sure that your choices reflect your actual health situation.

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